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Retrospecticus: June 2012

June 29, 2012

Well, this is embarrassing.  I only wrote seven things this month.  That just might be my lowest output since I started this blog.

Giant Stag Beetle – Mason Farm, Orange Co, NC

I realize that I’ve been fairly slack lately, that these posts of the last few months have been lacking, not only in quantity of course, but in the sort of quality I expect from myself.  For the first time since I started this blog in 2007, I find I’m having trouble devoting as much time as I’d like to this endeavor.  The more time I spend working, both in a real sort of job and at the ABA Blog, dedicating myself to some semblance of a family life,  attempting to put together the things I need to do to do a graduate school thing, and yes, finding time to bird so that I have something to write about, the less time I have to actually write.  Which means more often or not I’m scrambling at the end of a long and exhausting day to throw something up that, too often at least to my reading, seems rambling and incoherent with ideas that are not fully formed.  In short, I’m probably trying to do too many things at once and this is the first ball that drops.

But have no fear, at the end of August I will find myself without gainful full-time employment (assuming I don’t pick something up between now and then which I’m really, really trying to do and if you know anything or anybody I’d be super interested in sending you my CV), so I’ll be able to, once again, dedicate myself to this blog in a manner I haven’t been able to do in some time.

So, hooray?

Anyway, here are the very few things I wrote about this month:

I ran a Mini BBS and really eBirded the heck out of it.

Of course, it took a couple times to get it right.

I eulogized the end of one of the original bird listservs (incidentally, the new version is so much better it’s not even funny).

I exposed my neo-Luddite tendencies, despite liking those fancy bird tech gadgets.

Noah and I went birding, and I swampcrawled the wrong swamp ( I really had issues with direction this month, didn’t I?)

And I finally got around to reviewing the newest “advanced” bird guide.  Short version: this one is different, in a really good way.

So that’s really that.  Pathetic, no?  See you next month, which definitely should be better.

Thanks for reading!


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